Positive and negative space: silhouettes in mixed media

5giu14_74 It ‘s very easy to identify the positive space of an image (that occupied by the subject), and at the same time identify the negative space (the one occupied by the background). But what happens if we try to get a positive space by painting the negative space? With the students of a class in Grade 8 we have prepared a collage colored surface and from this background we have “extracted” the figure, by painting the background around the figure with white tempera. The effect is of a cutout in reverse, and it is very effective to understand the importance of negative space, without which there would be no figure!

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Comments

  1. Laurie Schoenberg says:

    This is a great positive negative space project. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dineen Farley says:

    I LOVE this! It’s awesome girl!

  3. Love this! Your projects are always so simple yet effective! Keep them coming!

  4. I am very impressed with this technique. Thank you. I thought it was adult artists at work.

    • Wow! Thank you Gretchen! The students are just 12 years old but their works are really effective! 🙂

  5. Belinda says:

    Where did your students obtain the image ?How did they transfer the image of the figure ? Is it copied or traced or placed on the collared surface in another way ?

  6. What a great technique! The positive space is so interesting and the project requires different planning and imagining!

    • Hi Jane! Thanks for your comment, my students enjoyed a lot this work because was various and not so simple to do! 🙂

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